Angel flies to career-best performance

Friday night’s racing proved to be a very lively affair, with plenty of supporters turning out to take a punt at the Kilkenny track.

Friday night’s racing proved to be a very lively affair, with plenty of supporters turning out to take a punt at the Kilkenny track.

The track was in good condition for the start of an-18 dog A1 stake, which was sponsored by the Track Supporters Club. The fastest time of the night came in the second heat, as Ger Langton’s Locnamon Angel made it two wins from her last three starts.

The winner was quickly into stride, holding a two-length lead over Terminal Two between the bends. The lead was reduced to a length into the third, but that was as close as it got, as Locnamon Angel (Royal Impact-Locnamon Belle) held the challenge of Terminal Two by a length and a half in a career-best 28.81.

The stake also saw wins for Raheen Boy and Kilgraney Bolt, both of whom put in fine efforts. Dapper Dog took the night’s sprint with a decent 16.49 run.

The opening race, a 525-yard A4, saw the sprightly veteran Mt Leinster Link dash into the bend and cut across his rivals. Mt Leinster Link was six lengths clear into the second and nine lengths into the third. Butterfingers finished second but was seven lengths behind Mt Leinster Link in 29.34.

Kilgraney Damson started fast in the S1/S2 300-yard sprint but was soon impeded, allowing the field to head towards the first bend together. Approaching the turn, Dapper Dog asserted and took control of the race. Dapper Dog strode clear and ran out an impressive winner by five lengths in 16.49, with Kilgraney Damson back in second.

A lot of money in the third race was on Moonvoy Tiger, but a hefty bump meant his chance was gone. Up The Ramp led from trap one and went on to build a four length lead over Old Road Ego out of the second.

Old Road Ego closed into the third but found it hard to get by Up The Ramp. Old Road Ego wore down Up The Ramp in time to get the win as Piccadilly Tiny ran on for second. The winning distance was two and a half lengths in 29.56.

Gobekli Tepe showed well from trap six and got the bend, followed by Garryglass Messi. The latter was impeded from behind at the opening bend allowing Gobekli Tepe to shoot six lengths clear into the second. The lead was up to eight lengths by the third as Gobekli Tepe kicked on. The long time leader faded late on, but had enough done to see off Garryglass Messi by three lengths in 29.51.

Feed Me Cherrys led from traps in the fifth race and went on to lead everywhere. Old Road Ken, the class dropper and choice of the punters, had every chance and looked a likely winner when closing within two lengths at the third. However, Feed Me Cherrys was not for passing and stayed away to win by a length in 29.28.

Itellyagirl started well in the staying contest but was soon passed by Tubrid Beauty. The leader went on and streaked six lengths clear of De Dixie Chick into the third bend.

Garryglass Jerry eased his way into the contention and down the far side for the second he took control of the race. Gallopiny away, Garryglass Jerry beat Tubrid Beauty by six and a half lengths in 40.80.

Raggletaggle Mia began smartly in the opening heat of the Track Supporters Club A1/A2 but looked like being swallowed into the first bend. Mia held her ground and railed well to lead move two lengths clear of Kilgraney Bolt into the second. Bolt closed to within a length at the third but Raggletaggle Mia was still moving well up front. In the end, the Mary Buggy-trained Kilgraney Bolt wore down Raggletaggle Mia to win by a length in 28.95.

The last race was a hot betting heat with money for both Pure Phantom and Raheen Boy. The former was well away and led the field to the first. Raheen Boy ran the bends well to move into contention along with Shunters Gizmo, two lengths adrift of Pure Phantom at the second. Raheen Boy drew level into the third before storming away to win by four lengths in 29.02.